A North Carolina middle school will halt a classroom exercise in which students role-play as Nazis and Jews.
The Hoke County Board of Education voted Tuesday to end the eighth-grade English class exercise in conjunction with reading “The Diary of Anne Frank” after a parent complained, the Fayetteville Observer reported.
Students were divided into Jews and Nazis; the students playing Jews were not allowed to participate in class activities without permission from the students playing Nazis. The roles reversed the following week.
The classroom teacher, Hoke Middle School principal and the schools superintendent all stood behind the project. But the school board decided to end it during a closed session of its regular meeting.
President Bush shared his vision of a Palestinian state without checkpoints after visiting Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.
“Some day I hope that as a result of a formation of a Palestinian state there won’t be walls and checkpoints, that people will be able to move freely in a democratic state,” Bush said after his tour of the church Thursday, hosted by the Palestinian Authority.
“That’s the vision, greatly inspired by my belief that there is an Almighty, and a gift of that Almighty to each man, woman and child on the face of the Earth is freedom. And I felt it strongly here today,” he added.
Bush is on the second day of an eight-day Middle East tour aimed at spurring forward renewed Israeli Palestinian talks.
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